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already seen 2 1/2 inches of rain toward the shenandoah valley. >> we're going to go in and out of the soggy periods over the next couple of days and deal with cool temperatures and a lot of wind potentially in some areas. >> it's going to be a mess over the next four to five days. radar right now showing the rain across our area. notice the heaviest rain now coming in toward colepepper county. this is the radar as it's moved in over the last couple l of hours. rain on the steady side. light to moderate around d.c. and gaithersburg, waldorf and quantico. look at the very heavy rain. warren and clark up toward frederick county in virginia, louden county seeing very heavy rain. this is going to continue. we could see some areas of flooding, ponding on the area roads. that's something to watch now. as we look out toward down to the south, notice this train of moisture. you can actually see it coming right off of the atlantic. and then up from the gulf of mexico. we've got a little convergence zone here. that means extremely heavy rain the next few hours in through virginia. flash flood watch in effect for
areas well to the west but will see the potential for minor flooding around the d.c. metro area. the impacts will be big all night long. >> here's what you can expect really from now up until about 11:00, maybe midnight. we're going to see some pockets of not only moderate rain move through but also heavy rain. let's take a look after the system moves out, it gets breezy and, again, we're just getting started. this is just the first phase of it onlying through. so you can see the heavy rain between 8:00 and 11:00 p.m. for much of the metro area as that pocket that doug just showed you makes its way up and over us. the road impacts for this evening really impacted in a big way for the evening. i think as we get into late night, early part of the morning they'll improve very quickly. the worst ending before midnight. right now for tomorrow morning, we are looking dry, but humid. and of course, doug will have a lot more on the track of joaquin and its impacts on our area for the weekend coming up a little later. >> all right, thanks, v.j. now to capitol hill and the
highly emotional battle over planned parenthood. >> republican lawmakers want to cut the half billion dollars in federal funding for the women's health organization and blasted the director for allegations made in undercover videos that she says have been doctored. steve handelsman is live with the latest on this. steve? >> reporter: hi, wendy. thanks. republican lawmakers on the hill today charged that planned parenthood is using federal funding on lavish spending and big salaries but by far their most damning charge is the organization is also making money through abortions not done with federal funds. that was flatly denied. >> do you solemnly swear -- >> reporter: planned parenthood president richards testified her organization did not sell fetal tissue for profit. >> the outrageous accusations leveled against planned parenthood based on heavily doctored videos are offensive and categorically untrue. >> reporter: republicans say they don't buy it. >> do you defend the sale of baby body parts?
>> no. >> reporter: republicans moved again to strip federal funding for the nonabortion services in 700 clinics after antiabortion activists released secretly recorded videos said to show planned parenthood employees talking about selling fetal tissue. that doesn't happen. democrats insist. >> republicans keep making this claim over and over again, but that does not make it true. >> reporter: pro-abortion rights activists rallied outside and across the nation. most in the public do not want planned parenthood funding cut. 61% in the new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll, but republicans hammered how richards spends the funds. >> roughly $600,000 on blowout parties. >> reporter: and richards' paycheck. >> $520,000 a year. >> reporter: democrats were furious. >> i've never seen a witness beaten up and questioned about their salary. >> you would never know that the constitution, according to the supreme court, guarantees the
right of choice. >> reporter: and congress now looks likely to fund all of government including planned parenthood, but just until mid-december. soon after that, this fight over funding planned parenthood and over abortion rights seems sure to heat back up. live from the hill, i'm steve handelsman, news 4. >> thanks, steve. before he left the united nations today, president obama hosted a summit to come up with a better way to fight isis and other extremists. he admitted isis has taken root in iraq and syria but insisted he plan for syria's future cannot include bashar al assad as head of government. after mr. obama came back to washington with the first lady, he made a point of praising the performance of the secret service. >> when something goes wrong, when there's a fence jumper, everybody reports on it. the secret service had to manage the pope's visit, president xi's visit, and 100-something world
leaders in an unprecedented fashion, and they did so flawlessly. >> president obama says secret service director joe clancy and his team deserve, quote, a huge round of applause. there are in details about mayor bowser's plans to use private ambulances in the district of columbia as part of a reform effort after several high-profile delayed responses. news 4's mark segraves is live tonight. one part of the plan could limit your right as a patient. >> reporter: that's right, wendy. d.c. has a patient's bill of rights and one of the provisions of that law requires the d.c. fire department to transport anyone who calls them to the hospital whether they need to go to the hospital or not. firefighters refer to it as the you call, we haul. and lawmakers say abuse of that law is one of the reasons they need to hire a private ambulance service to run some 911 calls. >> we don't need to be
transporting everybody who just wants their prescription filled. >> reporter: the majority of 911 calls d.c. fire and ems responds to are not for fires or even life-threatening medical emergencies. most of the calls are for non-life threatening medical reasons. some as minor as a sore tooth or a sprained ankle. the mayor and fire chief told d.c. council members this morning they want to hire private ambulance companies to transport those 911 patients. but some council members suggested another solution would be to reduce the number of 911 calls by changing the law that requires d.c. fire to transport anyone who calls. >> looking at whether the protocols need to be revised with regard to a patient demanding be transported even when it's not medically necessary. >> reporter: mayor bowser said she's looking at all options. another question raised by council members, whether this is a temporary fix or if the mayor and chief want private ambulances for the long term. on that, they were not
commitment. >> i think that we should take a look at this as a community. decide if this works for us, that's what the one-year review would be. >> reporter: now, the majority of district council members appear to be supportive of this plan. at least in the short term. if all goes according to plan, private ambulances could be running calls within the next few months. now mayor bowser plans to announce more ems reforms on thursday. wendy? back to you. >> all right, thank you, mark. a tribute as firefighters in prince george's county remember their former deputy fire chief. friends say she always lit up the room. carla blue was the first african-american woman to rise that high in the department. she was killed in a car crash nearly two weeks ago in ft. washington and the cause of that crash is still being investigated. well, it has been a vie length 24 hours in the district and that means the next 48 are going to be very busy for investigators. six people were shot in three
separate shootings from northwest to southeast. and in one, a man took aim at a security forwaguard outside an apartment building. news 4's meagan fitzgerald found residents there guarding the man that work. >> reporter: witnesses tell us the shooting happened at the top of the steps behind us here just before midnight yesterday. now they tell us that the police tell us not only did the suspect shoot at the security guard but the man was able to shoot back and detain the suspect. we spoke with a woman who called 911. neighbors say the area around ft. stevens road is usually safe. nevertheless, having an on security guard helps neighbors to rest a little easier. but just before midnight on monday, investigators say roland thomas was shot while guarding ft. stevens place apartments. his co-workers say he was shot in the neck and shoulder but still managed to tackle and detain the suspect. 41-year-old renard hampton.
they attribute thomas' survival to an eyewitness who didn't want to go on camera but quickly called 911. >> asked them to please hurry, send somebody because a security guard was shot. i saw him on the ground on top of the suspect. and they were -- he was tussling with him. >> reporter: that suspect has been charged with assault with intent to kill. we understand thomas is still in the hospital but he's listed in stable condition. wendy? back to you. we're following a developing story out of georgia this evening. a woman there will be put to death within the hour despite a plea from pope francis to stop this execution. the state's parole board denied a last-minute bid for clemency today. kelly gissendaner was sentenced to death for convincing her boyfriend to kill her husband in 1997. pope francis called for a ban to the death penalty during his visit to the u.s. last week. he also sent a letter to the parole board asking for mercy. and now to a delay in the
freddie gray case. six baltimore police officers are charged in gray's death, but now the first trial will not start until november 30th. the man in the upper left, william porter, was previously scheduled to go to court in two weeks. prosecutors say they'll call him as a witness against two other officers when they stand trial early next year. freddie gray died if police custody and his death sparking waves of protest and unrest in baltimore back in april. her family calls it an amazing recovery. a local mother is finally home tonight four months after being critically injured in a crash. news 4's chris gordon reports, doctors weren't even sure the special needs teacher would survive. >> okay. now we have to step up from -- can you step up from the wheehair? do i need to back it up? >> reporter: she came home on friday. greg powell helps his wife, kelly, out of her wheelchair to practice walking. tell me how does it feel to be home? >> great. great.
great. >> reporter: you may remember our story back in june when greg saying i think i love you from the partridge family hoping to bring kelly out of her coma. kelly now says she doesn't remember greg singing. he crets her recovery on good medical care and the support of family and friends. >> she has a strong will to live and survive, and she wanted to get back to us. >> thank you. >> reporter: the accident happened on june 1st when she took her 12-year-old son, carson, for ice cream. a vehicle crashed into them along this busy highway in prince william county. the accident left carson who has cerebral palsy with a badly fractured leg requiring him to return to the rehabilitation hospital just as his mother was going home. their other son, clayton, is 15, a high school sophomore. i asked what this experience has taught him. >> it's kind of inspired me to maybe, like, take a job in, like, the medical field to help people who go through this same
situation. >> reporter: kelly hennessy teaches students with special needs at centreville high school in clifton, virginia. are you looking forward to that day when you can get back to helping others? >> yes. >> reporter: teaching others? >> yes. >> reporter: the family is praying for two more things. kelly's complete recovery and carson coming home from the rehabilitation hospital able to walk without a wheelchair. in gainesville, virginia, chris gordon, news 4. a new statewide effort to help officers after some high-profile confrontations. all new at 6:00, we're going to take you to the local police academy that is already doing the training. jugs of tide, liquid gold, they called it. now it's tide detergent pods. i'm pat collins. the story coming up. news 4. we're seeing very heavy rain across portions of the region. nor'easter developing friday and saturday. then all eyes on tropical storm joaquin which may make its way
minutes. but first, this is a good one, an unusual twist involving some armed robberies in our area where the thieves want laundry detergent pods. it's happened at least twice in the past couple of weeks. pat collins is in rockville where one store employee actually used fruit to try and fend off the guy. and why not? >> reporter: wendy, this is a story about the theft of tide detergent pods. and the power of the mango. police say this guy did it at the giant in wheaton. and this guy did it at the safeway in rockville. thieves stealing tide detergent pods. bag after bag after bag. and wheeling the shopping carts out of the store just like they paid for it. the sort of thing has customers shaking their heads. >> i guess they have to make money off of it, but it's
ridiculous. >> reporter: how to you get your laundry detergent? >> i buy it like everybody else did be that's unbelievable. that's incredible. >> could i do that? >> reporter: no. you have to pay for yours. >> oh, i generally do pay. >> reporter: police say when someone confronts the thieves they pay knives and shout orders to get away. at this safeway store, one employee channels his inner stephen strasburg and throws mangos at the thief as he makes his getaway. police say these crooks can turn this detergent into dollars fast. >> they may be using the proceeds to buy drugs. >> reporter: you want to track them down. >> we sure do. >> reporter: now, if someone offers you to sell you tide detergent pods on the down low, you might want to think twice about making that deal.
chris, back to you. >> all right. great advice there, pat. hundreds of people in our area are being forced to change the way they get to work and school. some commuters were caught off guard today when metro started having only blue line trains stop at the stadium armory station during rush hours. last week a fire broke out at one of metro's substations. it destroyed equipment and reduced the amount of power available to trains. >> then i got on the silver and they said this one doesn't stop here, either. i was like, are you kidding me? so i am now 50 minutes late for work. so got to her i urry up and boo >> free shuttles are available too get orange and silver line riders to stadium-armory. officials are encouraging riders to use metro buses because it could go on another six months while crews rebuild the power station. a stiffer penalty on stores that sell cigarettes to minors. montgomery county proposed tripling the fine on tobacco sellers and a direct result of
an investigation by scott mcfarland and the news 4 i-team. >> reporter: our undercover cameras showed it happening over and over again this summer. >> can you all please leave? >> reporter: teenagers working with law enforcement agents walked into gas stations or grocery stores that sell cigarettes and walked out with cigarettes. in some cases, the clerks never asked the underaged buyers for i.d. in other cases they did ask for the i.d. but they never checked it. our i-team investigation found the number of sellers of tobacco that have failed compliance checks in maryland jumped 7% in the past three years. montgomery county's council proposed tripling the fine fwens stores that illegally sell from $300 to $1,000 from a first offense. after seeing our story. >> i have to actually give credit to our news 4 i-team who actually did a report and they were doing an investigation, and actually came up with a number of examples throughout the county and throughout this area. making sure our fine is reflective of the serious nature
of the offense i think is extremely important for us. >> reporter: and we watched one after another as members of the county council today formally announced their support of the increase in fines. a formal debate set for mid-october and the county is also considering boosting the funding for compliance checks to conduct more inspections of more stores. the maryland association of retailers says it's unable to comment on the legislation today, but several local communities have backed off their underaged tobacco enforcement altogether because they don't have the budget for it, they say, that includes prince george's county. no checks last year. >> because it takes investigators to go in there and do these inspections. >> manpower and money. >> yeahi, it does. >> great work, scott. >> yeah. it was the i-team's originate report that led to today's action. you can watch it by visiting our nbc washington app and clicking on investigations. and still ahead, thousands of students missing their important immunizations and why one doctor says this is a matter of discrimination in a local
school district. i'm julie carey at the fairfax county police training academy. this is one of many places where the attorney general wants to offer what he calls 21st century policing. the goal to improve trust between police and the public and to reduce the number of dangerous, even deadly confrontations. it's a slow go for commuters any time of day, but now plans are under way to rev
and now your storm team 4 forecast. >> oh, it is pouring in parts of the region. just about everybody will see extremely heavy rain over the next couple hours. some of you already have. it's starting to move out of some areas. see back down toward the west, toward la ray, picking up 2 1/2 inches. one viewer just e-mailed me a picture of her rain gauge, 4 inches of rain. they picked up in toward the shenandoah valley. all the heavy rain is now moving to the east. watch out, warrenton. look at the heavy rain. also lightning support edassoci this, too, also coming into the d.c. metro area. let's zoom in, show you this area around d.c. and up toward 66. extremely heavy rain around the fairfax area of washington and out 66 into areas like marshall and warrening ton, gainesville, royal. we'll see the rain on through the next few hours. the up brmbrella i may not do m in the way of the good because rain is too heavy at times. southern maryland, you're not
seeing a lot now but notice what's going on to the south. you'll see more move in across the region even some overnight. 8:00 tonight there's the heaviest rain in through northern virginia coming true the district around the 11:00 hour tonight and midnight seeing the rain. tomorrow morning most of it is out of here. still shower activity early tomorrow nr the morning commute. give yourself a little extra time. most of the day tomorrow is really looking okay. i think tomorrow will be the okay day so to speak in the forecast. high temperatures around the upper 70s to around 80 degrees. maybe a little bit of sunshine. i do expect to see a few showers around so you want to take the umbrella. the last warm and humid day. then everything changes. it changes in a big way. the impact forecast tomorrow, a very low forecast here. very low impact forecast. warm and humid with a few showers. the real impact starts to come thursday into friday and this is why. very humid. moist conditions around our region right now with a nice southeasterly wind giving us warm temperatures. high pressure moves across as our area of low pressure moves out.
as the area of high pressure moves to the north it will essentially block all of the systems making their way up from the south including joaquin potentially and brings us the strong northeasterly flow. even if joaquin doesn't move to through our shorelines we're still going to get strong winds and a ton of rain. if aquin does move it, it's going to exacerbate that point. beach erosion and coastal flooding, i expect to see that for sure coming up friday and saturday. winds to 35 miles per hour. that's inland. even toward the beaches it could be even a little bit more than that. 3 to 6 inches of rain. that's a month's worth of rain. and that's just friday and saturday. that's not including what we have out there today. some locations could pick up more than 6 inches of rain. that's how much moisture is out there because we've got this moist tropical flow. look at our flow out of the gulf. the gulf of mexico wide open for business. the atlantic open for business. there's tropical storm joaquin starting to intensify. could be a hurricane later tonight.
the latest advisory has it at 65 miles per hour. has been strengthening. moving west-southwest. watch the trend moving up to the north. where does it go from here? that's the real question. does it come in, stay out? we're going to find out. 85 mile an ho winds is the forecast sunday moving away. friday and saturday are the stormy days. friday's high temperature, only 59 degrees with very windy conditions. very rainy conditions. friday not a nice day at all. saturday a little bit warmer as our winds begin to shift. temperatures around 75 degrees. then coming up on sunday, little bit better with 68. how much rain will we see over the entire period? we'll talk much more about that at 6:45. >> thanks, doug. still ahead, the fight over parking. this time, it's first responders having trouble finding spaces and tonight they're taking their concern to lawmakers and demanding change. do you want to get around the traffic but what's the best way to do that? well, along one of our busiest
car? and why it soon may cost you more to use uber and lfyt. and students in one county behind on their immunizations. >> i don't want any child to die on my watch. >> why the state is getting involved. and a sweet moment caught on the panda cam you don't want to miss. there's a new initiative to improve police training in virginia, and it's coming out of a lot of recent incidents like the deaths of natasha mckenna in fairfax county and what happened in ferguson, missouri. >> our bureau chief julie carey explains how this cutting-edge training could cut down on dangerous and deadly con fron tapgss. >> reporter: when you think police training, this is probably what you envision. but equally important for the newest class of fairfax county police recruits, this specialized class how to deal with juveniles in trouble and their worried parents. >> deliver that message to that parent in a what, non -- >> nonjudgmental. >> nonjudgmental way.
>> reporter: it's the kind of training attorney general mark herring has in mind, training that considers the suspect or subject's point of view. deadly incidents from ferguson to the death of inmate natasha mckenna spurred his 21st century policing plan. it will fund and offer classes on deescalation tactics to defuse tense situations, impartial policing, bias awareness, and appropriate use of force. >> remember, any time we go into a situation -- >> reporter: at the fairfax county academy, they've been doing that type of training for years but there's a change. now it's done up front. well before firearms training. >> we have started moving things forward. some of the core curriculum, constitutional law. deescalation. some of the core things that have been always in our academy throughout have now been moved to the front of our academy. >> reporter: shirley is fairfax county's naacp president. she's one of the people the attorney general tapped for advice. sunday she led a protest on the mckenna incident. she says the special training
can't come soon enough. >> i think there are some things that need to be done and implemented a lot quicker. you don't have to implement an entire program at one time. >> reporter: so in urban areas like fairfax county, this new training might mean refresher courses for more veteran officers while in rural areas it might be the very first time they get the special training. in fairfax county, julie carey, news 4. some d.c. firefighters are resorting to begging ticket writers to spare their cars. the union says several fire stations in the district have no parking spaces for firefighters and they're working 24-hour shifts. >> i've gotten several tickets parking here. the last one was $200. we've actually sat out here and waited for them to come like please don't ticket us. >> a d.c. council member introduced legislation that would create limited special permits and give them to stations with the least amount of available parking. council's going to hold a hearing on that measure soon. it may soon cost you a wee bit more to use uber and lyft in
prince george's county. the county is considering a 25-cent surcharge on that car service. that money would be used to improve the county's bus system and it would increase the number of taxis equipped for people with disabilities. the council's transportation committee already approved this proposal. the full council votes on it next month. d.c. and montgomery county have similar fees. take thousands of people out of their cars, put them on a train or bus, and you'll have less congestion. that's northern virginia's plan for the bus lane route 7 corridor. transportation reporter adam tuss is digging into what it's going to take to untangle the gridlock. >> reporter: from tyson to falls church, seven corners, bailey's cross roads and down to alexandria, route 7 is very much the main street of northern virginia. but the main street is very crowded. >> it just takes forever to go a mile. >> reporter: quick history lesson, route 7 was once a buffalo trail from alexandria to
the foot of the blue ridge mountains in leesburg. now, well now the buffalo have been replaced by a herd of slow-moving cars. and lots of them. think about it. if you put more people in a train or a bus and took them out of the car, that would free up some space here. well, the projections are that 9,000 people who use the road could come out of their cars freeing up more space along route 7. how to fix route 7. everything from more buses to giving buses their own lanes, to a streetcar or light rail line being considered. >> what we're hoping to do is to come up with something that will move people all day long and reduce their travel time by about half. >> reporter: that would be good for meredith johnstone. she drives every day from gaithersburg here to falls church. and how much extra time does the traffic cost her one way? >> probably 25 mns. >> reporter: 25 extra minutes a day just because of traffic. >> yeah, yeah. >> reporter: new details about the route 7 plan will be released later this week.
a series of public meetings will be held to transform the corridor in november. in tyson's corner, adam tuss, news 4. there's an eighth indictment in the long-running investigation into the shadow campaign that helped elect vincent gray as mayor of the district in 2010. a federal grand jury today indicted d.c. businessman ruben charles on two counts of failing to file his federal income taxes. he's seen here shortly after gray's election. charles was a major fund-raiser for the campaign. at one point he was in line to be gray's chief of staff. gray has not been charged and has denied any wronggoing. top health director in prince george's county is in a fair bit of trouble and is telling her side of the story to tracee wilkins. >> reporter: the doctor in charge of the health department for the prince george's county school system wonders is this school system somehow discriminating against immigrant students and is that playing out in this latest immunization tra
high flood water, waters strand drivers in florida and now part of that system is heading our way. yes, all that moisture coming out of the gulf of mexico and atlantic pushing into our region right now. very heavy rain across our region. we're going to continue to see it tonight. even heavier rain coming this week. i've got the latest on the i've got the latest on the foreca okay. so everyone is saying, "hey! you gotta get fios!" but why? why fios? well fios is a 100 percent fiber optic network, so you can get 100% out of all your devices. whatever speed you need, fios has it. so if you need more streaming for more devices, fios gives you options with the fastest internet and wi-fi available from 50 to 500 mpbs. and we're not just talking downloads. we're talking equal upload speeds, too. you can upload your favorite videos up to 5x faster than cable. plus with the fios mobile app, you can view your entertainment at home, or on the go. but the main reason to get fios? we're rated number 1 in customer satisfaction.
and still tracking that very heavy rain across the region right now. we have a potential now for some thunder and lightning to come out of this, maybe a little bit in the way of wind, too. it's coming up through northern virginia. see all the red there. the yellow, the orange, the red, that's the heavy rain. notice here, a little bit of a spin in the atmosphere. this is what we're going to be watching as we move on through the rest of the evening. very heavy rain right now around warr warrenton. notice the lightning in here, too. yellow from frederick to leesburg to d.c. that's heavy rain. and then very heavy rain around the warrenton area, stafford
county, fredericksburg. all of this moving up toward the north. should be out of the region i think by around 11:00. there's a lot more moisture left so the heaviest rain moves out then we'll see more in the way of showers overnight tonight into parts of the day tomorrow. one of thor thing we're going to be watching, you know we had the flash flood watch in effect for portions of the area, that's back to the west. nothing for the d.c. metro area. i do expect to see more of those posted for later this week. we're going to talk much more about the storm, the nor'easter and joaquin's status. download the nbc washington app if you want to track joaquin on the nbc washington app. it's bad down there, flooding is causing problems in parts of florida and north carolina today. down in destine, some drivers got stuck in 2 to 3 feet of water. and in some parts of florida, entire parking lots submerged. there was a deluge in destine. it got more than a foot of rain in one day. and then check out the flooding
on the north carolina coastline. water running through homes. this was high tide. north topsail beach. stairs have come loose from homes and washed downstream. the middle of the state is also dealing with floods. this was the scene in high point today. back here at home a top school official under fire as thousands of local students learn their immunizations are not up to date. why she says it's part of a bigger problem. and our little panda cub is not only cute but had an even cuter mom
it's a story you saw first on news 4. thousands of students in prince gorge's county have not received necessary immunizations. the school health director is currently on leave and today she told our bureau chief tracee wilkins the immunization problem isn't because of her management, but it may be her result of discrimination. >> my job is to ensure the health and safety of these students. it's a public safety issue. >> reporter: dr. angela wakhweya says language and economic challenges shouldn't stop a child from being immunized. >> are we discriminating against them is my question, that you, we as a county and a school system, do not want to take care of these children. >> reporter: she believes most of the 28,000 students who have yet to be immunized in prince george's are first-generation american, a group she tried
targeting for free clinics this summer. >> we did not reach out to the hispanic media which i advocated for. >> we all recognize the immigrant population is growing very quickly in this district and we do the best that we can to make sure that we are communicating with them. >> reporter: school spokesperson says budget concerns limited options for outreach but the message to get immunization was communicated other ways. >> sending that message home in a kid's backpack directly into the home instead of sometimes using mass media is the best way to reach that parent. >> reporter: dr. wakhweya says poor outreach coupled with missing student records is why prince george's is the only local county in maryland with now thousands of students not immuniz immunized. she said this caused a fallout with administration. >> i had to be constantly asking for support and i did not get that support from my leadership. >> reporter: now her status and future with the school system is unclear. >> i have done my due diligence. my -- the school nurses did
their due diligence. >> reporter: school spokesmen are talking with each individual student not up to date and making sure they get the immunizations done. if not, they will not be allowed inside the school building tomorrow. in upper marlboro, tracee wilkins, news 4. the department of education is recognizing schools in our area as blue ribbon schools, overall academic excellence or making progress in closing achievement gaps. four of the schools are in virginia, patrick henry elementary in arlington. st. park catholic school. our laidty of hope in potomac falls. emanuel christian in springfield. three schools in maryland were honored kemptown elementary, our lady of lourdes and cardinal hickey academy. no schools in the district made the list. this was caught on camera. our little cub at the national zoo, or little panda, sneezed.
[ sneeze ] >> worth the buildup. >> it really was. everyone is all atwitter, literally. as withdrew can see, little five-week-old cub, he was napping with his mom. he now weighs 4 pounds. first lady michelle obama and the first lady of china named him beibei last week breaking with tradition of waiting until the cub is 100 days old. i never wanted to see a little animal sneeze so much. he's very, very cute. it's always wonderful to be here when we have a new baby. >> yeah. tough act. >> you and your floodwaters. >> mother nature sneezing on us a little bit. no? that didn't work. okay. we've got rain coming in and a lot of it, it, over the next couple days. right now, very heavy rain into portions of northern virginia and really, guys, this is the start of what we're going to see over the next few days. out there right now you can see or barely see the capitol, rather the cathedral.
very heavy rain starting to make its way through. 76 degrees currently. it's very warm, very humid. 74 by 7:00. heavy rain by 9:00. then rain ending by around 11:00. temperatures in the 70s. it is a very warm afternoon. we got near 80 degrees this afternoon with very humid conditions. that humidity, that tropical air, is allowing all of this very heavy rain and notice anywhere we're in yellow, that's moderate to heavy rain. anywhere we're talking about the orange areas, down toward warrenton, down toward portions of prince william county along 66, that is the very heavy rain we're seeing, this is along 17, down 15 from warrenton back toward little washington back here, marshall, along 66, then closer into the d.c. metro area i'll do a zoom here. you can see where we are around d.c. and around the beltway. we've got the moderate rain coming through now. and it's going to last for the next couple of hours. traffic is going to be a mess here as far as the rain is concerned. the roads are going to be a mess. there's more to come. look at this little spin. there's a little spin in the
atmosphere. the storm prediction center put something out saying watch out for the possibility of some weak tornadoes with this system. so i'll be here throughout the night tonight. watching this system very closely for you as we move on through. but notice there is more rain to come. it's just moving up from the south. moving from the gulf and then moving right off of the atlantic ocean. so very wet conditions tonight. tomorrow, little bit of a different story. mostly cloudy. we'll see a few showers tomorrow. i'm not anticipating a lot of rain. temperatures 76 to about 81. another very warm humid day. we got the humidity. high pressure shifts off the coast by friday. that allows that northeasterly wind we saw all of last week and the week before to come back. that's why we had the cloud cover, had the rain. we're going to see more of that with very strong winds especially out toward the coast. even inland we could see 30 mile an hour wind guests. coastal flooding definitely even along the chesapeake. beach erosion, even along the chesapeake. winds to 35 miles an hour. we're talking 3 to 6 inches of rain. normally we see about 4 inches a
month during these months. we could see a month's worth of rain in the next three or four days. once again, incredible rainfall totals. some areas maybe even more than 6 inches. as we move on toward the next few days it's not just the rain, look at the temperatures. highs of 64 on thursday. only 59 with all that rain and wind on friday. very stormy conditions. we haven't even mentioned tropical storm joaquin, it's going to cause major problems. we'll on the continue to eekeep posted. a $400,000 donation. >> a former red skin trying out >> a former red skin trying out for a division rival.
my favorite. bad news. the johnsonville factory burned down brian. it's terrible. well if you can't serve tasty sausage why are we even a family? i may as well move out. well, if that's what yo... you're right. i'll stay. and tomorrow we're going to help johnsonville rebuild that factory. i'll take dinner in my room, with chocolate milk. make pasta tastier with johnsonville italian sausage. we don't make sausage. we make family. and sausage.
this is the xfinity sports desk brought to you by xfinity. your home for the most live sports. big division game coming up for the skins, right? >> yes. huge game. both teams come in at 1-2. the eagles underachieving a little bit. the redskins possibly could be 2-1 after the first game against the dolphins. we'll see where the teams stand come sunday. a lot of roster changes were made today for the redskins. first and foremost, starting offensive guard sean is done for the season due to the ankle injury he suffered thursday night. that should have an impact on the redskins' running game. last night against the giants 57 yards on the ground. alfred morris and mad matt jones
never got going. morrison jones never had a chance to find a rhythm. morris just six rushes against the giants. a lot of that due to the fact the redskins were playing catch-up. veteran fullback darell young noticed they weren't doing what they used to do and he pointed that out to his teammates. >> i got to get back to being a physical guy. said the same thing, we're in this together, do this thing right. we need to go back to what made us successful. i sent him a couple clips of against cincinnati. even runs versus new orleans, when he first started. six, seven clips total. and, you know, like i said we need to get back to the things we did to be successful. >> you are a very smart guy. can learn a lot from him. it is a verteran move to self-correct, self-critique yourself and look back on how we did things, how we're doing them now. all right, we need to do better. >> i'm glad he's always lending a helping hand and teaches me
how to become a better me. a former fan favorite may be heading to a division foe. that's right. chris cooley worked out for the new york giants today. the 33-year-old tight end has been getting himself in shape for a possible return to action. cooley last played for the redskins back in 2012. he's been doing local radio and television since. don't know how i feel about chris cooley possibly playing for the giants if they do sign him. >> at least it's not dallas. >> still, though, the -- you're okay with that? >> he retired when he was, what, 30. he probably just feels like -- >> he had more to give. >> yeah. >> he had a lot of injuries. the knee injury. he's feeling healthy now. he wanted to return to the nfl. they sign him. >> good for him i guess. >> good for him. if you love something, keep doing it. >> the redskins didn't want him pretty much. let's move on to basketball now. the wizards held media day yesterday. today the first day of training camp. no paul pierce this season but john wall has filled that role
of team leader. the wizards holding training camp. john wall no longer the rookie we saw. he's entering his sixth year in the organization. wall a veteran on the court. also making veteran moves off the court. he donated $400,000 to bright beginnings, a hcharity that provides educational services for homeless children. the organization has a center in d.c. thanks in part to his gift, they hope to open a second. wall was asked about that generous donation today. >> gve the parents opportunities to clean themselves up,s find a job, giving those kids an opportunity to get an education, have somewhere to sleep and food to eat. i thought it was important to give back to them. god gave me the ability and talent to play basketball, do something i love. i think it's more important and bigger to give back to the community, do certain things to show people you care and you're not just a hollywood person that don't care about other people's lives that are less fortunate. i was in that situation before. >> great job by john wall. hockey players and canines.
alex ovechkin and the guys taking part in the canine calendar photo shoot. all proceeds from the calendar sales go to homeward trails animal rescue. john carlson posing with the dogs. his wife and beautiful baby boy. the calendars go on sale november 23rd. last season over $35,000 donated to homeward trails through this calendar sale. a funny moment last night in baseball. tigers/rangers game. this young fan showing off the guns in front of the camera breaking out the biceps there. the bicep kiss. there you go, kid. turns out his uncle -- his uncle is the rangers' cameraman. he decided to snhow his nephew how it's truly done. got to love the bicep kiss. >> enough. the orioles were rained out tonight. no orioles. >> got to say it again. ja john wall is a good man. >> he does a ton of work in the community. good job. >> lovely.
tonight, showdown on abortion. republicans go on attack. the head of planned parenthood in the hot seat. a lightning rod on the campaign trail. the gop eager to cut off the money. breaking news, georgia's first execution of a woman in 70 years. and pope francis' personal appeal to spare her life. reality check. president obama and 100 world leaders converge to take on isis as another enemy shows a frightening resurgence. gathering storm. what could be the next hurricane is churning in the atlantic, gaining strength. al roker with the potential impact on the u.s. and is it worth it? new studies out tonight casting doubts on whether a supplement many americans take every day actually works.